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Junior golf tour for Cumbria
July 28, 2011

Golf mad youngsters in Cumbria are to be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Luke Donald's of the golfing world - by playing on a Tour all of their own.

The county's 2011 Junior Golf Tour, which is sponsored by Cleveland and Srixon, is aimed at young golfers ranging from seven to 12 years-old.

And for the first time, the winners of the Order of Merit will go head to head against players from the Junior Tours in Northumberland and Durham in a special final match in September.

As part of a county-wide drive to encourage children to take up the sport, competitors on the Tour do not need to be members of a club or even have an official handicap.

And the whole family can get involved - at each venue there will be free taster sessions for adults and a family putting contest.

Competitions take place over nine holes at four different courses.

The youngsters will be split into six categories - so there will be plenty of opportunities to win prizes. Competitors must be between the ages of seven and 12 on January 1, 2011, and have a handicap of 18 to 54 or no handicap at all to enter.

Winners of the Order of Merit, based on the four events, will qualify for a final against teams from Durham and Northumberland at Ramside Golf Club, County Durham, on September 11.

The qualifying events are:

Sunday, July 10: Furness GC (2pm-5pm)

Sunday, July 17: Workington GC (2.30pm-5pm)

Sunday, July 31: Stonyholme GC (2.30pm-5pm)

Sunday, August 14: Penrith GC (2.30pm-5pm)

The entry fee is £15 for all four events - or £5 per event. To qualify for the final players must play in at least three events.

The closing date for entries is Friday, July 8, 2011. Entry forms are now available online.

All information on the Junior Tour can be found at

Jane Robinson, Cumbria County Development Officer, said: "This is a great opportunity for young players who do not normally get the chance, to play in competitions against players of their own ability - with the chance to go on and represent Cumbria in the final against similar players from Durham and Northumberland."

The Cumbria County Golf Partnership is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Cumbria the partnership is supported by the Cumbria Ladies County Golf Association, the Cumbria Union of Golf Clubs, The Eden Valley Sports Partnership and the PGA North East/West.

For more details of the activities in Cumbria visit

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